opening ( openings plural )
1 adj The opening event, item, day, or week in a series is the first one.
They returned to take part in the season's opening game., ...the opening day of the fifth General Synod.
2 n-count Theopeningof something such as a book, play, or concert is the first part of it.
usu N of n
The opening of the scene depicts Akhnaten and his family in a moment of intimacy.
3 n-count An opening is a hole or empty space through which things or people can pass.
He squeezed through a narrow opening in the fence.
4 n-count An opening in a forest is a small area where there are no trees or bushes.
I glanced down at the beach as we passed an opening in the trees.
in BRIT, usually use clearing
5 n-count An opening is a good opportunity to do something, for example to show people how good you are.
Her capabilities were always there; all she needed was an opening to show them.
6 n-count An opening is a job that is available.
We don't have any openings now, but we'll call you if something comes up.
Opening hours are the times during which a shop, bank, library, or bar is open for business. n-plural
Opening hours are 9.30am-5.45pm, Mon-Fri.
opening night ( opening nights plural ) The opening night of a play or an opera is the first night on which a particular production is performed. n-count
(=premier, first night)
opening time ( opening times plural )
1 n-uncount You can refer to the time that a shop, bank, library, or bar opens for business as its opening time.
also the N
Shoppers began arriving long before the 10am opening time.
2 n-plural The opening times of a place such as a shop, a restaurant, or a museum is the period during which it is open.
Ask the local tourist office about opening times.